When you have adult acne, it’s easy to feel alone, as if you’re the only one getting breakouts past the age of 18. However, anywhere between 12% and 22% of women ages 26 through 44 experience acne, and that number is increasing by the day (on the other hand, only around 3% of adult men experience the condition). In our Acne Diaries series, we’re asking influential women who happen to have acne about their relationship with their skin and the products they use to keep it happy. Next up: Cori Zeichner, founder of Jori Skincare and wife of Joshua Zeichner, MD.
When Cori Zeichner married her husband, Josh Zeichner, one of New York’s top dermatologists, she never imagined that acne would be an issue for her. “The joke is, I had never seen a dermatologist before,” she tells Glamour. “I had one on my first date with Josh.”
Zeichner is among the many women who experience adult-onset acne, which occurs in 41% of women and can be triggered by a number of things, including hormones, stress, and lifestyle.
“After we had children and my daughter was five, I woke up and my face started with a few pimples and then it more persistently broke out all over the lower portion of my face,” Zeichner says. Despite being married to a dermatologist, she turned to drugstore and over-the-counter products for her acne. “I should have gone to Josh first, but instead of going to him first, I went to the drugstore and went to buy some products to try and clear my skin.”
Zeichner quickly found that the products didn’t work for her skin. “The products that I bought to treat it were very dry and irritating,” she says. “That made me open my eyes to realize that there wasn’t something out there that I can go and buy that was right for my type of skin. I was stressed. How could my skin be acting like this when I’m married to a dermatologist and I’m using all these products?”
With celebrity skin-care lines dropping left and right and “clean-girl beauty” and “glass skin” flooding social media, it’s easy to feel out of place when experiencing acne. But according to Dr. Zeichner, adult acne is more common than ever. “The most recent prevalence data shows that 50% of women in their 20s, 35% of women in their 30s, and 26% of women in their 40s are breaking out,” he says. “This ranges in severity. Just because acne happens doesn’t mean that it’s easy for people to accept, and it has a huge psychological impact. Cori was so completely out of control at times and didn’t want to leave the house at some point without makeup.”
Covering up was the only way Cori was able to feel better about breakouts. “I really felt bad about [my acne]. I would hide it under makeup, I wanted to cover up. It just takes one pimple to ruin your day,” she says. “But the more makeup you put on, the more you clog your pores and break out. We created Jori Skincare, a line that seamlessly fits into what I currently was using and I can wear under makeup.”
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